Splash (dinghy)

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Splash Dinghy
Class symbol
Class symbol
Development
Design One-Design
Boat
Crew 1
Hull
Type Monohull
Construction Fibreglass hull
Hull weight 55 kg (121 lb)
LOA 3.5 m (11 ft)
Sails
Total sail area 6.3 m2 (68 sq ft)
Racing
RYA PN 1184

The Splash Dinghy is 3.5 m in length and all boats are identical, thus, as is typical in One-Design classes, the sailor's ability rather than equipment is emphasised fleet racing. The boats employ an un-stayed mono rig with a sail area of 6.3 m2, which makes the class easy to handle by sailors ranging from 45 to 80 kg. This, combined with the low hull weight of 55 kg, allow the class to serve as a stepping stone between the Optimist Dinghy and boats such as the Laser Radial, suiting Sailors in the age range from 13 to 21 years.

Competitions are held at club, national and international level. In New Zealand, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, and many other countries in Europe, the National Splash Associations arrange many events during the season, ranging from the traveller's ranking series, training camps, coaching, national champs, and world selection trials.

New boats cost around EURO 4500, but second hand boats are considerably cheaper and some clubs have schemes whereby sailors can charter boats until they decide to continue with the class. The splash is capable of speeds of over 10 knots on a broad reach, and has performance very similar to Laser 4.7 - its Portsmouth Yardstick is 1184,[1] slightly higher than the Laser 4.7. It is similar in appearance to a Laser hull but is shorter and wider and has a vertical bow.

Splash BLUE[edit]

The Splash is available called the "SPLASH BLUE" it is the standard Splash, this boat is designed for sailors weighing over 45–80 kg The BLUE has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1184.[2]

Until recently most Splash sailors at 18 had to move to the RED. Today you can sail Splash BLUE in official regattas till the age of 21 years. Most sailors followed the Olympic route of Laser Radial and skipped the Splash RED (former Flash, as it can be a little over powering for the smaller sailor. Splash is ideal for sailors from the age of 13 till the age of 21 years. Now sailors at from all ages can sail a Splash in the Splash RED class.

The Splash BLUE is the international Class with their own Worldchampionships.

Splash RED[edit]

Another version of the Splash is available called the "SPLASH RED" it has more sail area with the same Splash boom and the same size hull. The sail is 7.2 square meters. This boat is designed for sailors weighing over 70 kg The RED has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1155,[2] making it 4.6% faster than the Splash.

Until recently most Splash sailors at 18 had to move to the RED. Most sailors followed the Olympic route of Laser Radial and skipped the Flash, as it can be a little over powering for the smaller sailor. Now sailors at 18 can sail a Splash in the Splash Blue Class until the age of 20.

Splash RED has no age limit. You can sail Splash RED if you are 14 or 20 or 30 years. The class welcomes parents whose kids sail Splash BLUE. While parents sail at the same time Splash RED

Splash RED is a European Class on this moment. Mostly sailed in Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria and Spain. There are also Splash RED boats in New Zealand, China, Panama.

Splash GREEN[edit]

Another version of the Splash is available called the "SPLASH GREEN" it has less sail area and the same Splash boom and the same size hull, this boat is designed for sailors weighing under 50 kg The GREEN is developed in 2014 and has no yardstick. It is the perfect switch from optimist or Topper to start enyoing a fast and cool single handed dinghy.

AGE change[edit]

Until recently most Splash sailors at 18 had to move to the RED. Most sailors followed the Olympic route of Laser Radial and skipped the Flash, as it can be a little over powering for the smaller sailor.Now sailors at 18 can sail a Splash in the Splash + Class. In 2014 the Class changed the age for Splash till 21 years. So now you can enjoy the Splash longer from 12–13 years till 20 (officially). After 20 the RED is the sail that you use for the official races. But you always can sail Splash to enjoy, whatever age you are

World championships[edit]

The Splash is an ISAF international youth class yacht and each year a world championship is held.

The Most famous British Splash sailor was Bradley Field.

Recent world championship venues have included Tavira, Portugal 2008, and Split, Croatia 2007.

The 2009 world champs were in; Pwllheli, Wales on 8–14 August. Pwllheli Sailing Club

The 2010 world champs were in; Takapuna, Auckland on 2–8 January. Takapuna Boating Club

Events[edit]

World Championship[edit]

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Stavoren  Conrad Gair (NZL)  Pieter-Jan Postma (NED)  Roelof Bouwmeester (NED)
2001 Carnac  Erwin Veldman (NED)  Roelof Bouwmeester (NED)  Christiaan Goosen (NED)
2002 Weymouth  Shandy Buckley (NZL)  Filip Pietrzak (POL)  Morgan Gutenkunst (USA)
2003 Stavoren  Sandra van Meyden (NED)  Arnold van Ham (NED)  Timo Hagoort (NED)
2004 Nieuwpoort  Jorne Knegt (NED)  Yannick Lefebvre (BEL)  Scott Morrison (NZL)
2005 Puck  Hielke Dijkstra (NED)  Mark Bonsink (NED)  Andy Maloney (NZL)
2006 Riva del Garda  Blair Tuke (NZL)  Jochem-Bart Haakman (NED)  Andy Maloney (NZL)
2007 Split  Willemart Mathieu (BEL)  Aleksander Arian (POL)  Gilles Cleeren (BEL)
2008 Tavira  Ben Lutze (NZL)  Gilles Cleeren (BEL)  George Iane (NZL)
2012 Nieuwpoort  Jelmer Zittema (NED)
2013 Stellendam  Guyonne Schuch (NED)  Steyn van Driessel (NED)
2014 Puck  Guyonne Schuch (NED)
2015 Sant Feliu de Guixols  Guyonne Schuch (NED)
2016 Travemünde  Sam Peeks (NED)
2017 Lelystad  Aaron van Dok (NED)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RYA Portsmouth Yardstick List 2010" (PDF). Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Dinghy and Catamaran Database". Noble Marine Insurance Brokers. Retrieved 22 August 2012.

www.scia.me www.splashworlds.org www.splashboats.com

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